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Meet Michael Anagnos – CCSC Elections – Alumni Affairs Representative

Photo Courtesy Michael Anagnos

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be?
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.  The Lion has yet to endorse any candidate at this time and the views below do not necessarily represent the views of our team. For more information, email submissions@columbialion.com.

What motivated you to run for this position? 

I was motivated to run for CCSC Alumni Affairs Representative because of my long experience working with the Columbia alumni community. I have been on the executive board of the Alumni Association’s Student Ambassadors for the past two years, and will serve as Vice President of the group next year. Because I have been involved with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) as a Student Ambassador since I arrived on campus, I have long been interested in running for Alumni Affairs Representative.

If elected, what would your goals be?

As your Alumni Affairs Representative, I will open the Alumni Directory to students, expand mentorship programs to all Columbia College students, connect students studying abroad with international alumni, and broaden alumni involvement in Center for Career Education (CCE) Internship Programs, specifically Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program (CCASSIP), and Columbia Exploration Externship (CEE). In addition to increasing the sheer number of alumni involved in these programs, I will also ensure that internships for non-traditional career paths are better represented in these programs, and that students from diverse socioeconomic, geographic, and skill backgrounds have equal accessibility to alumni mentors and alumni-sponsored internships.

What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?

I strongly believe that the Columbia Alumni Directory should be open and accessible to students. Existing student-alumni programs are beneficial, but there is no better way to improve students’ chances of getting internships and job offers than to give them the freedom to contact alumni directly. In particular, this will facilitate connections between Columbia College students and alumni from schools across the university. I also would like to emphasize the fact that I have already begun dialogue with the alumni community and the Administration about opening the directory to students. This week, for instance, I met with board members of the Columbia Alumni Association and a VP in the Administration’s Office of Alumni and Development to review the structure of the Alumni Directory and discuss the process of opening it to students.

Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

I am not only the candidate with by far the most experience working with the Columbia alumni community, but I am the only candidate with any experience in alumni affairs. Because of my long experience as an Alumni Student Ambassador, my policy positions are more than just proposals I will work toward as Alumni Affairs Representative. These are goals and conversations that I have already begun pursuing within the Columbia Alumni Association, Columbia College Alumni Association, and the Administration’s Office of Alumni and Development. I have spent the last two years cultivating relationships in the alumni community and administration, and therefore I have already built the foundation that will allow me to implement my platform as your Alumni Affairs Representative.

 

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